Song of Surrender

Monday, 10 June 2013

Dance India: Day 3

By Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan

As the gruelling practice intensifies in the core classes of intermediate and advanced Bharatanatyam on day 3 of Dance India Asia Pacific 2013, the Odissi students internalise the techniques of abhinaya through each of the senses.

Participants of the Teacher’s Training session by Leela Samson, apart from their practical sessions, brainstorm on various questions they had to work on based on teaching methods and practices.

Elation and satisfaction overcame the exhaustion of the participants, and although many had sore limbs, their faces glowed with life! The afternoon started off with a workshop by Prashant Shah on Rhythms in Kathak. All the dancers were on their, feet trying out tatkar to various combinations of rhythm.

The concluding session for the day was the first of a series of workshops spread over the next few days on ‘Introduction to Natya Sastra’ by scholar Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao. His encyclopaedic knowledge and the vast ocean that Natya Sastra is, had each and every member of the audience spellbound, humbled and thirsty for more.

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